Why not slow down and experience the valley from the seat of a bike or kayak with Napa Valley Adventure Tours, a featured player in Napa Valley Dreams. Paul Hendricks and his expert staff can recreate the climbing, the cycling and the kayaking for you, your friends and your family.
Have you ever dreamed of a bike tour through the California Wine Country? With Paul as guide, you will discover some of the quietest and most beautiful cycling spots in the Napa Valley. Choose between quiet country lanes that meander among Napa’s small, family-owned wineries, and a more challenging day of cycling along the Silverado Trail. (We suggest a stop at Silver Oak Winery to taste their outstanding, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon).
A self-guided bike tour is also offered which highlights the family-owned wineries in St. Helena, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga. Add some wine and a picnic lunch and you’ve created a memorable day in the valley.
In true Napa Valley style, there is an adventure for every budget, taste, and fitness level. A world-class climber, Paul is happy to guide you on the same climb in the Mayacamas – on a clear day you may even see the Bay! If you prefer your adventure on water, Adventure Tours can ferry you along the Napa Valley River on their newly-acquired classic river barge, or set up an exclusive kayak tour. The choice is yours! Cheers!
“Spring Mountain District — above the Napa Valley — is a place of individuals, more often than not, of couples, of families, of stubborn, independent people with passion, dreams and a whole lot of energy.”
One of the most spectacular sequences in the film is the time lapse photography of the fog as it moves in from the bay, across the western slopes of the Mayacama range. We were fortunate to be invited to Smith-Madrone, a small artisanal winery at the highest point in the Spring Mountain District appellation. Perched at elevations between 1,200 and 1,900 feet, with dramatic views over the oor of the Napa Valley, Smith Madrone makes four wines: Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cook’s Flat Reserve.
All of Smith-Madrone’s wines are made from the estate vineyards surrounding the winery, planted 41 years ago by Stuart and Charles Smith. The cool mountain climate, coupled with the volcanic mountain soil, produces grapes of intense avor, structure and longevity. The vines are dry-farmed, a green-friendly practice forcing these mountain grapes to “struggle” to survive, with the vines reaching deep to search for water and nutrients.
The winery is open for tours and tastings Monday-Saturday by appointment. Tastings and tours are always conducted by either Charles Smith, winemaker, or his brother Stuart Smith, the GM/Enologist.
4022 Spring Mountain Road,
St. Helena, CA 94574
Tastings by appointment only –
Please visit their website to arrange a visit to Smith Madrone to experience one of the most unique and fascinating visits in the Napa Valley.